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  •  I've seen those (8+ / 0-)

    Early in my ancestry.com days I found one that had my great-great-grandfather's grandfather as his father.

    The reason was the 1900 census had an incorrect birth year for my 2x-ggf, one that made him born two years after his father died. This person assumed the father couldn't be the father, and listed the grandfather (who had the same name) as the father instead.

    The grandfather was (1) over 80 years old; (2) still married to his only wife; (3) lived in another country. For some reason listing him as the father made more sense to this person than assuming the 1900 census birthdate was a little off.

    I was new to this, tried to be helpful, and got the email equivalent of a tongue-lashing.  

    Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

    by fenway49 on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 01:43:54 PM PDT

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    •  Oh, yeah. (7+ / 0-)

      The 110 year old mothers. Space aliens for sure.

      Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it. --- Bob Dylan.

      by figbash on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 02:02:11 PM PDT

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    •  Some folks just have to get pissed off (7+ / 0-)

      and insult your mother rather than admitting they were wrong.

      I think they're all Republicans. I could be wrong.

      One of my first cousins lived in Wyoming and I'm absolutely sure she was a big Dick™ Cheeeeeney fan.

      I wrote to her about finding a couple of first cousin marriages in the family and listed two more wives for our 2nd-ggrandfather. She just went ballistic. It was simply impossible that HER ancestors EVER married a first cousin. She insisted that our 2nd g-grandfather had one wife. She got downright nasty about this. She had THE records. SHE knew the truth. Her brother couldn't get through to her, either.

      I never expected that kind of nastiness from anyone, especially a close family member. I've gotten some horrible reactions from strangers since then. It's sad.

      "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

      by GrumpyOldGeek on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 03:05:18 PM PDT

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    •  I "like" those trees that end up in a loop. (5+ / 0-)
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      You get individual 'A'.  You click on the father, individual 'B'.  Now you're at individual 'B', and you click on the father, individual 'C'.  You click on 'C's father, and somehow you're back at individual 'A'.

      And you go in circles: A to B to C to A to B to C to A and into infinity.

      I've run across that a couple of times.

      •  So individual A (5+ / 0-)
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        and the great-grandfather are one and the same?

        I had one person who, not being sure where, entered "New England" for the birthplace of many an ancestor. Unfortunately ancestry.com offered a choice which this person took every single time: "New England, Hettinger, North Dakota, USA." Somehow I'm confident that's not the "New England" where these colonists were born in 1673.

        Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

        by fenway49 on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 06:34:27 PM PDT

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        •  I also scratch my head over (4+ / 0-)
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          the ones who have their ancestors born in New England before the Mayflower arrived.

          I supposed that would be legitimate if their ancestor was Native American, but otherwise ... um ... no.

          •  Early settler vital records didn't include places (4+ / 0-)
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            in most town records.

            So the town records of Sudbury Mass lists your ancestor's birth date as 1592 and the newbie fills in the two fields he sees with 1592 and Sudbury. Next...

            Maybe some people realize this is inconsistent but don't know enough about their genealogy software to deal with this properly. Maybe not.

            "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

            by GrumpyOldGeek on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 02:03:24 AM PDT

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